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How Can I Install an SSL Certificate? - Plesk

 

To create a more secure internet, Google's Chrome browser (and other browsers) will begin flagging every site that does not use HTTPS encryption; with that, HostGator provides a free SSL certificate to all hosting customers via Let's Encrypt SSL.

Please click the links below to manage your SSL Certificates:

Note: This example uses Plesk 18; however, the steps will be the same for other versions of Plesk. Some of the images and menus may vary slightly based on the Plesk version available on your server.

Install a free basic certificate provided by Let's Encrypt

  1. Log in to Plesk.
  2. Select Websites & Domains from the left-hand menu.

    Plesk - Websites & Domains

  3. Locate and click the SSL/TLS Certificates button in the additional options.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  4. Click Install below 'Install a free basic certificate provided by Let's Encrypt.'

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates Install

  5. Select the desired options for the certificate to be issued. We recommend enabling the checkboxes of the following settings:

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates Install Settings

    • Secure the domain name
    • Secure the wildcard domain (including the www and webmail)

    • Include a "www" subdomain for the domain and each selected alias 

    • Secure webmail on this domain

  6. Click Get it free.

How to renew free SSL (Let's Encrypt)

The free SSL provided by Let's Encrypt automatically renews 25 days before the expiration date and without cost.

To manually renew the certificate:

  1. Log in to Plesk.
  2. Locate and click the SSL/TLS Certificates button in the additional options.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  3. Select Reissue Certificate.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  4. Select Install beneath Install a free basic certificate provided by Let's Encrypt.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

Upload a certificate you already purchased

  1. Log in to Plesk.
  2. Select Websites & Domains from the left-hand menu.

    Plesk - Websites & Domains

  3. Locate and click the SSL/TLS Certificates button in the additional options.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  4. Click Upload .pem file in the section More options below Upload a certificate you already purchased. Where can I find the .pem file?.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Upload

  5. Select the .pem file on your local computer and upload the file.
  6. Click Upload Certificate when you have finished.

Download or remove existing certificates

  1. Log in to Plesk.
  2. Select Websites & Domains from the left-hand menu.

    Plesk - Websites & Domains

  3. Locate and click the SSL/TLS Certificates button in the additional options.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  4. Click on the Manage button under the Download or remove existing certificates.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Manage

  5. Click the Advanced Setting.

    HostGator Plesk Download or remove Existing Certificates- Advance Setting

  6. Click the download button next to the SSL certificate to download.

    HostGator Plesk Download or remove Existing Certificates

  7. Select the Remove option to delete the certificate. 

    HostGator Plesk Download or remove Existing Certificates

Add SSL/TLS Certificate

  1. Log in to Plesk.
  2. Select Websites & Domains from the left-hand menu.

    Plesk - Websites & Domains

  3. Locate and click the SSL/TLS Certificates button in the additional options.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Certificates

  4. Click on the Manage button under the Download or remove existing certificates.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Manage

  5. Click Add SSL/TLS Certificate.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Manage Add SSL/TLS

  6. Scroll down to the Upload the certificate as text section and then paste each section from the certificate file into the corresponding fields.

    Plesk - SSL/TLS Manage Upload the certificate as text

  7. Click Upload Certificate.

  8. Go to Websites & Domains, select Hosting Settings.

    Plesk Hosting Settings

    • Under Security, enable the SSL/TLS support option.

    • On the Certificate option, select the certificate uploaded on the previous step.

  9. Click OK

Additionally, HostGator offers to install your SSL certificate for you; this installation is free of charge if you purchase the SSL from us.

The fees to have HostGator install a third-party SSL on your behalf are as follows:

  • For a single-domain SSL, the fee is $10
  • For a multi-domain SSL, the fee is $25 for up to 5 domains plus $5 for each additional domain beyond the first 5
  • Managed Dedicated Servers can have HostGator install any SSLs free of charge
  • Renewing an SSL requires the installation of the new certificate and is subject to the installation fees above. For fewer installations, you may purchase a certificate that covers a 2- or 3-year term

You may purchase a dedicated IP when installing an SSL. A dedicated IP costs $4 per month (or $48 per year.) Servers that do not take advantage of SNI will need a dedicated IP address to install each SSL.

Need further assistance? Please contact us via phone or Live Chat to help you secure your website.